, Michigan

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Campbell & Fran Laird

Photo Credit: Washtenaw Land Trust/Barry LonikBackground

Campbell & Fran Laird donated the Washtenaw Land Trust preserve known as the Beckwith Conservancy in 1999. Fran had grown up on the property, which had been purchased by her parents in the late 1940s.  Through the Laird's commitment and generosity, the Beckwith Conservancy is now open for quiet recreational activities such as hiking, birdwatching, nature study and cross-country skiing.


When Fran’s parents passed away, Fran thought of a fitting tribute to their memory, and that of her eldest sister Irene: to preserve the land they cherished as a natural area for all to enjoy.


  Fran approached the Land Trust about making a donation of 30.5 acres, and discussed terms of donating the land with Land Trust representatives.  The Land Trust was in agreement with the proposed terms and the transfer was completed.  Because such transfers are considered charitable gifts, the Lairds were able to deduct the appraised value of the donated land on their federal income taxes.  The Land Trust now owns and manages the property, which is open to the public for quiet recreation. 

     “We’re glad that we did it because caring for the land and preserving it for the future is a big project, and we didn’t want our children to have to worry about that in the future.  We feel confident that we made the right decision,” said Fran.

     (This information is from the Land Trust’s website, www.washtenawlandtrust.org.)

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